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Friday, October 23, 2009

Rihanna's New Album Gets an 'R-Rating'


The cover for for Rihanna’s new single from her upcoming album Rated-R looks borderline Rated-X but hey, the girl is growing up.  Good girl gone bad seems like an understatement.

After 6 months worth of “bad” publicity with the whole Chris Brown debacle, Rihanna is finally in the press for something besides domestic violence (and it’s a breath of fresh air).  It’s been over two years since Rihanna’s summer anthem “Umbrella” hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and after a few guest appearances on singles such as Jay-Z’s “Run this Town”, the pop star is back with a more mature album set to release on November 23.

Chuck Harmony, one of the producer’s of Rated-R, talked about what fans can expect of the new album:

“I think Rihanna has captured what her old fans are used to, as well as the growth of an artist. “Russian Roulette” [first single from album], to me, is a shining example of her growth and her artistic expression,”

“I was actually shocked I got the first single ’cause the album is so great. The way it’s unfolding is so genius. Like, ‘The wait is ova’ [message on her site]. I was waiting too. I wanted to see the cover, I wanted to hear the song. It’s one of those records where you just don’t know. It’s not a faith record. It’s one of those thought-provoking records.”

The record’s producer sure thinks highly of Rihanna’s new effort (of course) but the only way to really tell is for the fans and skeptics to take a listen.

And just for the fun of it, here's a picture of Rihanna when she was rated G.


- Jessica Cole 

Currently Listening to:  "My Body's a Zombie for You" by Dead Man's Bones

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